James Bond has thrilled moviegoers on the big screen with a formula that hasn’t changed much in five decades: an exciting, edge-of-your-seat opening sequences followed by an artistic title sequence with a song performed by a well-known musical artist; far-fetched world domination plots; sinister villains; beautiful, sexy love interests (with particularly risqué names); cool spy gadgets; flirtatious banter with a secretary, several over-the-top action sequences, and lots of witty –and pun-laced — banter.
The inspiration for the “Bond girl” was author Ian Fleming’s real-life love interest, Muriel Wright, a model whom he met at a ski resort in 1935. Their love affair lasted nine years. Fleming described her as: “pliant and undemanding, beautiful but innocent, outdoorsy, physically tough, implicitly vulnerable and uncomplaining.” Wright was killed tragically during an air raid in March 1944.
Although Moneypenny is not necessarily a Bond girl, she is very attracted to Bond; there is the obligatory scene in each film where Bond and Moneypenny exchange flirtatious repartee. The films have never revealed her first name, although Bond has nicknamed her Penny. Her first name, Jane, only appears in a series of books spun off from the original Ian Fleming novels, titled The Moneypenny Diaries, written by Samantha Weinberg. In the newest film, Skyfall, Monneypenny’s first name is Eve.
The names of the villains and Bond girls are often as entertaining as the films themselves.
THE BOND VILLAINS
Dr. Julius No
General Georgi Koskov
Alec Terevelyan (Janus)
THE BOND GIRLS
Teresa di Vicenzo
Solitaire (Simone Latrelle)
For further reading: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2000/aug/23/books.filmnews. http://jmsbond.tripod.com/girls.html. wikipedia.